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Legacy HomepageNewsSpecial Reports74th Anniversary of D-Day & the Invasion of Normandy


Eisenhower’s D-Day Message

"Soldiers, sailors and airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you."

Army Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Allied supreme commander in Europe, Order of the Day, June 6, 1944

D-Day by the Numbers


U.S. service members from 20 units in Europe and the United States are participating in events in almost 40 locations throughout the Normandy region of France as part of Joint Task Force Normandy 74.
U.S. and European service members, veterans, military family members and members of the the community mark the 74th anniversary of D-Day at ceremonies in Normandy, France.
Army Col. Brandon Tegtmeier, commander of the 75th Ranger Regiment, speaks during the Pointe du Hoc Ranger Monument commemoration ceremony in Cricqueville-en-Bessin, France, June 5, 2018.
Paratroopers from five countries train together for a jump in Normandy, France, June 2, 2018, to mark the 74th anniversary of D-Day.
Tony Alger traced his father's footsteps through Normandy and learned about his fighting in World War II.
Jean-Pierre Paviot, a tour guide who leads D-Day historical tours in France, explains the importance of D-Day and what the sacrifices of American forces means to him.
The men who stormed the beaches of Normandy took refuge in a church, leaving a lasting impression on the town of Angoville-au-Plain, France. U.S. soldiers recently visited the church and described the experience.
Soldiers assigned to the 82nd Airborne gathered in Normandy, France, May 30, 2018, for a dinner with residents of the area to mark the 74th anniversary of D-Day.
As the nation marks the 74th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy, the Army provides footage from a ceremony at Sainte-Mere-Eglise, the first French town liberated by Allied forces on D-Day.
U.S. Army Europe commemorates the 74th anniversary of the heroism and sacrifices of the U.S. and Allied troops who stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, during World War II.


Members of a U.S. landing party lend helping hands to other service members whose landing craft was sunk by enemy action off the coast of Normandy.

5 Things You May Not Know About D-Day

D-Day is one of the most famous dates in history, but there are a lot of things you may not know about the WWII invasion. Story